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  Jean-Christophe Lafaille 2003: Nanga Parbat and Broad Peak
 


 Current Pakistan Time

In French Jean Christophe Lafaille

Translations by Fabienne for EverestNews.com

JCL- July 1st 2003

After a long and painful travel, after having missing my plane following an nth movement of strike and following the total incompetence of the Lufthansa Company, I finally arrived at Islamabad on June 28th at 18h. Jean-Christophe was there to greet me after this awful travel.

We are on June 30th and we still at Islamabad. The whole expedition took a little delay because the leader, Simone Moro, remained at the base camp of Nanga Parbat in order to try the summit which it still did not climb. After another attempt he has finally had to give up. He joined Shilas yesterday evening, today Scardu. Everyone waits for him in order to join the base camp of Broad Peak.

As per our side, Jean-Christophe becomes the leader of the expedition. He must take care of the briefing...In short, it is necessary to be readjusted, reorganize... If the weather conditions allow it we must fly to Scardu tomorrow July 1st , to start the trekking on July 2nd  and thus arrive at the base camp on July 10th .

I hope that the weather conditions will allow Jean-Christophe and Ed Viesturs to climb Broad Peak quickly.

As per the moment, the assessment of Nanga Parbat on the Diamir slope is as follows:

 - 3 abandonments of the Italian team at the beginning of the expedition because of frozen problems, altitude sickness and an abandonment;

 - 1 Basque at the top on June 20th ;

 - 9 casaques at the top;

 - Jean-Christophe opening a new way on Nanga Parbat and Ed Viesturs reached the summit on June 23rd  at 11:45.

- and to the final attempt of Italian Simone Moro.

Soon more news, Katia Lafaille.

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